• Zach Balint

Looking Back and Moving Forward

Homecoming 2017

Hello people reading this website, it is Zach, MUTV’s current webmaster, and while this mantel shall be passed down to another next year, I figured that as the one to implement blog posts on this site, I should probably write one myself.

This being my second year in MUTV, and first year as an executive board member, I can tell you I’ve gotten a lot out of this club, too much to talk all about in one post honestly, but there is however one very major thing this club has taught me that sticks out above the rest, and that’s the importance of open and honest communication. Now, I know what you must be thinking. Shouldn’t that be a given as a Communications Major in a club based around communication? Well, you would think that, but another thing that I have learned is that Comm majors tend to be some of the very worst people at communicating with one another.

I’ve found through being in this club that the true key to harmony and peace is to just talk it out and let people know what you truly think of them or what they are doing. Feelings may be hurt in the process, but honestly, if it’s for the betterment of the people involved, or the club, then it honestly is for the best.

I’ve experienced that when thinking about communicating we as people tend to worry too much about what the people we are talking to will think about us, and that’s the problem. We need to be able to foster an area where anyone can say anything to each other without their being hard feelings or a worry of their being hard feelings. We need to all learn a bit about how to take criticisms and how to listen to what others say about us, and take it to heart and truly think about their words instead of just getting offended or mad. My experience in MUTV has truly made me think about this a lot. I will say myself, I was not always a person who could take confrontation or criticism to my face, but honestly through my time here at MU I have learned that someone saying something to you directly can start a good conversation that helps for the future with solving all the problems at hand, whereas the alternative just leads to misunderstandings and future problems on top of the already unsolved issues.

Another point of this is hypocrisy, something that all of us as humans are guilty of and that I have learned from being a member of this club that no matter how hard one tries to avoid it, or thinks they are above it, everyone is a part of. One can’t act high and mighty and act like they don’t do the same things everyone else is doing, when they know they do it too. I have come to terms with the idea that if you don’t want people talking behind your back, don’t talk behind theirs. Two wrongs don’t make a right, they just make a mess.

So, I leave you with this, a life lesson from my time here so far in this glorious club we call MUTV, communicate openly and honestly, don’t talk behind people’s backs, it doesn’t solve problems, it causes more. If some feelings have to be hurt for you to talk to people about them to them, then so be it. Nothing can change unless words are said to those who can change it. As this semester wraps up, we look towards the future, and hopefully that is a future filled with honest and great communication.

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